Nail Art

19 Halloween Nail Art Designs That Are Perfect For Short Nails

Halloween 2022 is just around the corner — which means it’s about that time to get in those last minute nail appointments for the spookiest night of the year. Craving a bit of inspo?

Lucky for you, Bustle already gathered some fire nail art designs for those who prefer all black everything come Halloween, and of course, curated a list of easy-to-recreate makeup looks for the 31st when you need a costume in a pinch .. But these short nail art ideas bring the spooky vibes all month long, whether or not you happen to be dressing up for the occasion. There are on-trend aura and velvet nails (with a fittingly dark twist) and even celestial designs that are simply bewitching (and are a vibe year round, TBH). And from minimal skeleton designs for your inner soft girl, to some creepy blood-dripped tips that bring a bit of gore — there’s truly a mani for each and every aesthetic.

So whether you are out celebrating the horror-filled holiday or are opting for a cozy night in with the latest scary movies on deck, here are 19 ideas for Halloween nail art designs to get my fellow short nail girlies in the spirit.

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Vamp Vibes

These vampire teeth-inspired tips are the perfect balance of minimal effort meets seriously spooky.

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Dark Aura Nails

Aura nails are this season’s hottest nail trend — and this dark version is perfect for Halloween.

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Oh So Emerald

For those who prefer a classic vibe, tap glittering emerald hues for a look that’s simply bewitching (like this iconic manicure on Selena Gomez).

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Dripped In Blood

These nails are just so bloody good.

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Minimal Ghosts

If you’re a fan of a classic French mani, these simple white ghosts aren’t too far off.

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Clown Queen

For clown costumes, Harley Quinn cosplays, and beyond — these clown-inspired nails are a vibe.

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Celestial Gems

Celestial nail art hits different in October …

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Amethyst Nails

Inspired by amethyst stones, these glittering purple nails are perfect for the Halloween season.

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Pink Scream

If Legally Blonde and spooky SZN had a nail art love child.

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Euphoria Stands Only

Maddy’s iconic nails from Euphoria — but for short nails — give major Halloween vibes. Chef’s kiss.

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Soft Girl Skeletons

Skeletons, but make them cute.

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Blood Red Chic

For those who aren’t a fan of scary nail art — these chic nails in a rusted, blood red hue are still perfect for October.

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Black And White Spiders

Simple and sweet for All Hallows’ Eve.

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Candy Corn Vibes

Candy corn isn’t for everyone… But these glittering copper-orange nails are.